Portrait of Dr Stephen Dorril Dr Stephen Dorril

s.dorril@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478466



Biography

PhD University of Huddersfield (2011)

BSc(Hons) Behavioural Sciences, Huddersfield Polytechnic (1977)

CQSW Diploma in Social Work, Huddersfield Polytechnic (1989)

Author, researcher and investigative journalist since 1986. Written articles for the major newspapers and appeared on radio and television programmes as a consultant and specialist on the security and intelligence services.

Consultant to BBC 's Panorama programme (MI6), Channel Four 's Media Show (Profumo Affair); Secret History (Harold Wilson, The Sinking of the Struma), Channel Five (British Intelligence), French television (MI5), Hungarian, Polish and Canadian television, and numerous other documentaries (codes, technical intelligence, Cold War and Northern Ireland). Also regularly appeared on Radio Four 's The Message, The World at One, Front Row, RadioThree's Night Waves; Scottish and Irish radio news programmes and documentaries.

Researcher for newspapers, and for authors, including Anthony Summers (Marilyn Monroe and J Edgar Hoover) and Paul Routledge (Peter Mandelson and Airey Neave).

Member of the Study Group on Intelligence

Research and Scholarship

My central interest is in the relationship between states/governments and the security and intelligence services, principally in the British context, with particular reference to the media.

The following books/articles are to be published:

2018 The Dogs in the Street: British Intelligence and the Troubles (book)

2017 Gladio: MI6, the SAS and the European Stay-Behind Networks during the Cold War (book)

2017 Fred Holroyd: ‘Dirty Tricks’, Whistleblowers and ‘The Troubles’ (journal article)

Ongoing research into the relationship between MI6 and journalism - to be published as a book, Agents of Influence. I also have an interest the Alternative Press and the future shape of journalism, and the development of local 'micro' newspapers.

2016

Dorril, S (2016) ‘Mosley, Sir Oswald (1896-1980)’. In: The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism. London, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. . ISBN 978-1405189781

2015

Dorril, S (2015) ‘"Russia Accuses Fleet Street": Journalists and MI6 during the Cold WarThe International Journal of Press/Politics, 20 (2), pp. 204-227. ISSN 1940-1612

2013

Dorril, S (2013) ‘The Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward: Sex, Scandal, and Deadly Secrets in the Profumo Affair’. London, UK: Headline. ISBN 978-1-4722-1664-9

 

Ongoing research into the relationship between MI6 and journalism - to be published as a book, Agents of Influence. I also have an interest the Alternative Press and the future shape of journalism and the development of local 'micro' newspapers.

Talks, interviews etc.

8 November 2006 - Interviewed by Justin Shubow for article on Slate magazine (US) published 16 November 2006

13 November 2006 - Contribution to Today programme BBC Radio 4 on the OSA and the Queens Speech

November 2006- 'Blackshirt ' named book of the year by Ferdinand Mount in the Spectator

16 November 2006 - Talk to the Yorkshire European Movement on the 'Secret Origins of the EM ', Holmfirth

17 November 2006 - Interviewed for Channel Five television programme on JFK and his women

23 November 2006 - Interviewed by Shaun Stowell for BBC One Look North on Dr Cannon and his relationship with Mosley

29/30 November 2006 - Part One and Two of Look North piece broadcast

1 December 2006 - Interviewed by Iranian documentary film-maker Bahman Maghsoudlou on the 1953 Iran Coup for a film.

5 December 2006 - Interviewed by Noor Tonkens of Dutch magazine TED on the intelligence world

7 December 2006 - Interviewed by Andrei Matisak, Pravda (Slovakia), on the world of intelligence

7 December 2006 - Article, 'Wil de Ware James Bond opstaan? ', in TED (no. 59)

12 December 2006- 'JFK 's Women: The Scandals Revealed ' broadcast Channel Five

23 January 2007 - Interviewed and filmed by Insight productions for a film documentary on the 1953 Iran Coup

February 2007 - Deposit of eight boxes of research files for the Blackshirt book at the Special Collection British Fascism section at Sheffield University under the title 'Blackshirt collection '

15 March 2007 - Interview with Mr Tadakazu Kimura of the Asahi Shimbun, the world 's second largest newspaper in the world, on the development of a centralised intelligence service in Japan

March 2007 - publication of the paperback edition of Blackshirt

26 March 2007 - Interview for Radio Scotland on claims by Tommy Sheridan that his car had been bugged

28 March 2007 - Interview for BBC World Service on MI6 and its treatment of former agents

24 April 2007 - BBC Parliamentary programme on Blackshirt

28/9 April 2007 - 'Choices for Western Intelligence: The Security Challenge of the Twenty-First Century ' Conference, University of Wales

29 May 2007 - Contribution to article in the Yorkshire Post on the 30th anniversary of the release of the film Star Wars

12 June 2007 - Interview for BBC Radio News on release of MI5 file identifying the names of 'Double-Cross ' agents

June 2007 - Review article in the Times Higher Education of Valentin Groebner 's book, 'Who Are You? Identification, Deception and Surveillance in Early Modern Europe

8 August 2007 - Interview for article in the Irish Times on British Intelligence in Ireland

5 October 2007 - Interview for Northern Ireland BBC current affairs programme, Spotlight, on MI5 and Northern Ireland

11 October 2007 - Interview for 1.00 pm World News, BBC World Service, on current MI6 activities in Russia

5 October 2007 – Interview for Northern Ireland BBC current affairs programme, Spotlight, on MI5 and Northern Ireland

11 October 2007 – Interview for 1.00 pm World News, BBC World Service, on current MI6 activities in Russia

15 February 2008 – Radio Five Live morning phone-in programme on bugging of MPs’ conversations in prison

21 February 2008 – BBC Radio programmes on Princess Diana and MI6

March 2008 – Consultant on proposed BBC series on the history of British Intelligence

10 June 2008 – Interview BBC Newsdrive Radio Scotland on MI5

July 2008 – profile in Huddersfield University alumni magazine, Encore (Issue 14, Spring/Summer 2008)

July 2008– Podcast for www.corbettreport.com on post-war MI6 in Germany and Gladio

9 July 2008 – Interview for Japanese magazine Choice (Sentaku) on MI6

23 November 2008 – article for Sunday Post on the intelligence services

6 December 2008 – BBC Radio 4 programme, Archive Hour, on Fascism in the 1930s

June 2009 – Interviewed by BBC Radio News, Radio Five Live and BBC Wales on the appointment of the new Chief of MI6.

30 August 2009 – Interviewed by BBC North for documentary on author David Peace (book GB84) and the Miners’ Strike

1 September 2009 – Interviewed for Italian television (RAI) documentary on ‘Gladio’

1 October 2009 - Interviewed by Sebastian Borger (Rhienscher Merkur, Germany) for article on soon to be published history of MI5

1 October 2009 – Interviewed for BBC Radio Wales on MI6 recruitment

28 October 2009  - Organised talk in University by Anthony Frewin – personal assistant to Stanley Kubrick

4 November 2009 – Organised talk in the University by Bill Bruford – acclaimed drummer with Yes, King Crimson

25 November 2009 – Organised talk in the University by David Peace – acclaimed writer (GB84, Damned United)

28 January 2010 – Organised talk in the University by Nina Hossain, newsreader on ITN News.

7 March 2010 – Interview:  Zoo magazine on use of spying techniques to evade surveillance of an affair.

10 March 2010 - Research Seminar, Huddersfield University. British Intelligence and the Origins of the Irish “Troubles”

15 March 2010 – Profile in Mosaic magazine for Holmfirth Film Festival

20 March 2010 – On judging panel for the International Short Film competition for the Bradford International Film Festival

22 March 2010 – Interviewed for the Huddersfield Examiner on Holmfirth Film Festival

18 April 2010 – Article for Mail on Sunday on MI5, buggings and Harold Wilson

19 April 2010  - Interviewed on Today programme BBC Radio Four on Harold Wilson and bugging of Number Ten and the Cabinet Office

22 May 2010 – Interviewed on Calender (ITV) for Holmfirth Film Festival

22 May 2010 – Article and profile in the Yorkshire Post Magazine OpEd on the Film Festival

22-29 May - Chair of the Holmfirth Film Festival

8 July 2010 – Interviewed for article on the current state of espionage for Sunday Post

August 2010 – Article in Mail on Sunday on the Profumo Affair

August 2010 – Article in Mail on Sunday/Independent on Sunday on MI6 spy death

15 September 2010 – Paper on “The Secret Intelligence Service and Journalists during the Cold War” delivered at Sheffield at the Journalism and History Conference

22 September 2010 – Interviewed by Marie Claire magazine on British female spies

23 September 2010 – Interviewed for BBC Radio Four’s obituary programme on John McGlashan (MI6) Last Word broadcast Radio Four with Mathew Bannister Sunday 24 September 2010.

26 September 2010 – Radio Ayre interview on MI5 warnings of possible terrorist attacks.

20 October 2010 – Organised Philip Rees talk University. Interviewed by Phil Rees for documentary on press and MI6.

27 October 2010 – Organised Pet Brown (Cream lyricist) talk at University

29 October 2010 – Interview for BBC Radio Wales News on MI6 Chief going public.

21-27 May 2011 – Chair of the Holmfirth Film Festival

24 May 2011 – Talk on spying and the films of Graham Greene, Holmfirth Film Festival

August 2011 – Review of Franco’s Friends in the Literary Review

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2016

Dorril, S (2016) ‘Mosley, Sir Oswald (1896-1980)’. In: The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism. London, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. . ISBN 978-1405189781

2015

Dorril, S (2015) ‘"Russia Accuses Fleet Street": Journalists and MI6 during the Cold WarThe International Journal of Press/Politics , 20 (2), pp. 204-227. ISSN 1940-1612

2010

Dorril, S (2010) A Critical Review: MI6: Fifty years of special operations Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

2008

Dorril, S (2008) Archive Hour: The King and Dr Cannon [Audio]

Dorril, S (2008) ‘The truth about MI6The Daily Express .

2007

Dorril, S (2007) ‘Sir Oswald Mosley and the New Movement’. In: Oswald Mosley's New Party Conference, 18th September 2007, Reading University

Dorril, S (2007) ‘Agent BIN 1120 - MI6 and Fleet Street’. In: Spooked: Cultures Of Intelligence In Britain, 1945-2007, 12th May 2007, Warwick University

Dorril, S (2007) Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British Fascism . London, UK: Penguin/Viking. ISBN 9780140258219

2006

Dorril, S (2006) Sir Oswald Mosley and British Fascism . London, UK: Viking. ISBN 0670869996

Dorril, S (2006) Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British Fascism . London, UK: Penguin/Viking. ISBN 9780670869992

2004

Dorril, S (2004) ‘Spies and Lies’. In: Tell Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq. London: Pluto Press. pp. 108-114. ISBN 0745322018

2002

Dorril, S (2002) MI6 Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service . New York, USA: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780743217781

2000

Dorril, S (2000) MI6: Fifty Years of Special Operations . London: Fourth Estate. ISBN 9781857020939

1993

Dorril, S (1993) The Silent Conspiracy: The Intelligence Services in the 1990s . London: William Heinemann. ISBN 9780434201624

1992

Dorril, S. and Ramsay, R. (1992) Smear: Wilson and the Secret State . : Grafton HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 9780586217139

1987

Summers, A. and Dorril, S. (1987) Honeytrap: The secret worlds of Stephen Ward . London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 0297791222

Research Degree Supervision

Stephen is happy to supervise research students (MA by Research, MPhil, PhD) in aspects of post-war activities of the British intelligence and security services, the history of journalism and cultural studies. He is a member of the Study Group on Intelligence and is director of the University’s Centre for Oral History(COHR) and welcomes enquiries associated with those fields. The following are some of the areas that he is interested in as potential research projects:

  1. The role of British intelligence and security services in the post-war period with particular reference to foreign policy and politics.
  2. The role of the intelligence agencies in the conflict (The Troubles) in Northern Ireland.
  3. The relationship and interplay between the intelligence agencies and the media.
  4. ‘Gladio’ - the cold-war European-wide stay-behind units.
  5. The history of the press with particular reference to the alternative or underground press.
  6. British scandals such as the Profumo Affair.
  7. Sir Oswald Mosley and British Fascism.
  8. ‘New Hollywood’ Cinema of the 1970s.